Sunday, 28 June 2015

Vancouver (still)

Our fourth day in Vancouver but the first full day of the escorted tour. The only organised event being a tour of the city which as originally planned covered most of what we had visited for ourselves in previous days.

Unexpectedly the bus tour had to be diverted because of road closures for a community marathon, and a partial bridge closure for unknown reasons. As a consequence we saw different aspects of Vancouver from those experienced in our private touring.

Some glimpses;

Lions Gate Bridge built by the Guiness family viewed from Stanley Park
Coal Harbour, Vancouver
Entrance to Granville Island Public Market
Market temptations
More temptation
Tomorrow morning we board the Rocky Mountaineer train headed for Banff but first stop will be Kamloops where the temperature today reached 38Âșc. Is this really Canada?

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Horseshoe Bay

Yesterday Hn and I spent doing two circuits of the local tour bus stopping off at various points to explore Vancouver further, although some of these are included in our official escorted tour which began this evening with a meet and greet briefing dinner. There are 28 in the group, all but 4 are from Australia.

Today, ahead of tonight's first formal tour involvement, we spent most of the day with a local resident (sister in law of a friend from home) who generously devoted time to show us her neighbourhood and  who then took us to Horseshoe Bay from where passenger and vehicle ferries shuttle across to neighbouring islands. It is a lovely spot and we really enjoyed lunch our day there.

Horseshoe Bay
Despite unseasonable heat, snow still visible on nearby mountains

Thursday, 25 June 2015


Fourteen hours plus of flying and we have arrived in Vancouver. The flight was punctual, the service OK, the turbulence occasional but the Boeing 777 aircraft rather noisy.

First impressions of the city are favourable. We've been awake more than 24 hours and need to remain awake for a further 7 hours or so to adjust ourselves to the new time zone.

We have occupied ourselves so far exploring near our hotel (Fairmont Waterfront) by wandering around Gastown, taking in the views from Vancouver Lookout, walking along the waterfront and eating a rather nice Pizza.

Gastown, Vancouver

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Excited? Packed? Ready?


(I'm not excited. I'm not the excitable type.)


(I'm not packed yet. We don't fly out for 40 hours.)


(I'm not ready yet. I still have travel money to organise and keys to hand over and a camera case to buy and a host of other things to do that I haven't yet remembered that I need to do.)

People keep on asking me these questions. Just because we depart for overseas the day after tomorrow they think I am organised and in control.

Don't they know me by now?

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Cha Cha Char

A new (to me) Brazilian Chargrill outlet in the monster shopping mall up the road.

Chargrill Beef Burger

The chips had a flavoursome herb crust. The burger was a little too charred for my taste and not quite cooked enough. Both the toasted bun and the meat patty had lost their heat by the time they were delivered to me.